Dr. Cheryl Fraser has been studying Buddha-Dharma for 20 years and teaches in the Namgyal lineage tradition. Her root teachers are the Venerable Kyabje Namgyal Rinpoche and Lama Mark Webber (aka Karma Tenpai Lekshe Yongdu Rinpoche). She also studies with Phillip Moffit, former Esquire magazine editor-in-chief and C.E.O., who is now a Buddhist teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. As a registered clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in couples, and long-time practitioner in both the Vajrayana and the Theravada Vipassana traditions, Doctor Cheryl draws extensively from Western science and psychology, skillfully applying even the more complex teachings of Buddha-Dharma and meditation to "real life."
Dr, Cheryl is the resident teacher for Island Dharma. Dr. Cheryl was the Mindfulness and Relationships columnist for Mindful Magazine and also wrote a column on relationships and sexuality for Best Health magazine. She has been teaching at the Hermitage for several years now and is much appreciated for her approachable, colorful and gently humorous style.
Shelane Donoghue M.A., R.P. is a Registered Psychotherapist using Expressive Arts Therapy in private practice in Toronto and with First Nations children, youth, families and communities in Northern Ontario.
She has been exploring Dharma for over 20 years, and is a devoted student of the late Namgyal Rinpoche, Lama Mark Webber, Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lho Ratna Rinpoche and Sayadow U Thila Wunta. She has also studied with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 17th Karmapa, Lama Sonam Gyatso and Karma Chime Wongmo.
Shelane’s personal background is multi-racial with indigenous roots. She knows first-hand the importance of using creativity and meditation to grow, change and heal from life’s challenges. All of us need a sacred place of refuge to continue to awaken to greater freedom, compassion and wisdom. With joy, she wishes to serve this aspiration by awakening and cultivating the wisdom mind in all.